DANSVILLE — For some, it seems like the previous basketball campaign just came to a close. For others, such as the Dansville Mustangs, it seems to have been a long time coming.

Coach Dave Moodie's team has never lost that competitive spirit, but have had to wait until now to attempt to prove themselves. The red & black is looking to "work and work hard" at climbing the ladder in a tough Livingston County Division I again. Coach Moodie knows that it's never an easy climb!

One year ago Dansville had some success early after winning the Keshequa Tink MacVean Christmas Tournament Title in Nunda, then hit some ups and downs the remainder of the season to finish at 7-14. Moodie's Mustangs are now training to top those numbers as this year's team will rely heavily on the experience of four returning players, while some fresh faces produce the remaining chemistry for the soon-to-be 2018-19 season.

Returning players with some substantial experience on the varsity hardwood are junior guard Arrik Gerber (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists per game) along with seniors Dylan Race (6 points, 4 rebounds) as well as Carter Davis and Jacob Failla. 

Newcomers to varsity game who will be pushed to improve rapidly to give some stability to the team are senior Brody Stone, juniors Tanner Dettman, Ben Caruso, and Noah Holland, along with freshman Andrew Morrow.

Dansville will rely on discipline, defense, and an ability to take what they are given, and take advantage of it. Another year of experience at key spots will be critical for the red & black to rise in the D-1 standings.

Coach Moodie gave his overview of this year's team in this way:

"Although we are slightly inexperienced at the varsity level, we do have seniors who demonstrate strong leadership qualities. Dylan Race has put the time and effort in the weight room during the off-season, resulting in him being in great shape, which should help him to take his basketball game to the next level," Moodie said. "The seniors have been the hardest working guys in practice, which helps the underclassmen to understand the level of excellence we strive for. Carter Davis is a vocal leader and understands the ins and outs of our defense/offense. His ability to be a coach on the floor is important for our success. Jacob Failla can shoot the basketball and we will need him to consistently do that.

"As a junior, Arrik Gerber, can flat out play. With this now being his second year on varsity, I am looking for him to take his competitive edge to the next level. All of the other players who are new to the varsity level, will be counted on to contribute and have the ability to do so. We set an expectation every day to compete and be better than the day before. Unprepared and getting outworked, are not an option."

Dansville's season will open at home on Friday, Nov. 30 as the Mustangs host the York Golden Knights with J.V. tip-off set for 6 p.m.